The Secrets of Wishtide

The Secrets of Wishtide

A Laetitia Rodd Mystery

Large Print - 2016
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Mrs. Laetitia Rodd, aged fifty-two, is the widow of an archdeacon. Living in Hampstead with her confidante and landlady, Mrs. Bentley, who once let rooms to John Keats, Laetitia makes her living as a highly discreet private investigator. Her brother, Frederick Tyson, is a criminal barrister living in the neighboring village of Highgate with his wife and ten children. Frederick finds the cases, and Laetitia solves them using her arch intelligence, her iron discretion, and her immaculate cover as an unsuspecting widow. When Frederick brings to her attention a case involving the son of the well-respected, highly connected Sir James Calderstone, Laetitia sets off for Lincolnshire to take up a position as the family's new governess, quickly making herself indispensable. But the seemingly simple case, looking into young Charles Calderstone's "inappropriate" love interest, soon takes a rather unpleasant turn. And as the family's secrets begin to unfold, Laetitia discovers the Calderstones have more to hide than most.
Publisher: Waterville, ME : Thorndike Press, 2016
ISBN: 9781410495082
Characteristics: 467 p. (large print) ; 23 cm


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CRRL_JoyO Oct 23, 2017

What an enjoyable mystery. Set in Victorian England, the book features Lartitia Todd, a widow, who helps her lawyer brother solve a mystery. The main character is well-drawn and the mystery held my interest. I especially liked the details about the time period woven into the book. I look forward to the next book in the series.

Jul 17, 2017

The novels visits all levels of mid-Victorian society. I am still a bit confused about some bits, but the characters are likable. She picks up interesting bits about the economy, such as the decline of the great inns as transportation shifted from coaches to railroads.

Funkelizk May 12, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed how this mystery played out! Mrs. Rodd, an older widow, is the reader's eyes throughout the book and is entirely likeable and thankfully keeps a cool head. I could have done with a few less references to her past, but as this is the first in the series the author could be setting up her character. I wouldn't mind less of her husband and more of herself. While the mystery unravels at a good pace throughout the book, none of the action would give one whiplash. I wouldn't quite call it a cozy mystery, but definitely a historical one.

Feb 17, 2017

The plot moves too slowly with too many love affairs and murders. I lost interest about half way through it, but finished reading to the end. Everything got resolved at the end.

CMLReads_Kristin Nov 15, 2016

A nice, quiet, historical mystery. This one is for those who are interested in historical detail more than in a fast-paced, gritty mystery. The author does an excellent job illustrating gender roles in Victorian England. Fans of Anne Perry should check this one out!

Nov 02, 2016

A good, well-written mystery. Set in the 1850s, only a few modern terms or ideas crept in. The villain, well, is kept hidden for most of the book, which is a good thing, because the villain is the only character that isn't quite as fully orbed as the other characters.

Oct 03, 2016

What a fun new series in the cozy mystery genre! Letty Rodd, the widow of an English archdeacon, assists her solicitor brother as needed on cases which require a bit of discrete investigating. Set in the late 19th century, this protagonist is spunky, yet compassionate!


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